June in England: Glastonbury, Stonehenge And A Country Garden

There is something in the air at this time of year, and I’m not talking about the pollen. For one thing, I am reminded by strategically placed, temporary road signs that once again, our home turf is about to be invaded by hoards of revellers descending upon a field in Pilton for the Glastonbury music festival.

Thankfully, we live far enough away so that unless heading out on the A303 and out towards Stonehenge we won’t be affected by the horrendous traffic jams.

Having said that, I wouldn’t mind going if it wasn’t for the dreadful state of the loos, from what I’ve heard.  Eldest son doesn’t let this stop him, he goes every year and has a great time.

This time of year also reminds me of boarding a plane at LAX with my children, making ready for our annual, long-haul flight out of California to England.

We waved goodbye to the sparkling sea and said hello through cotton-wool clouds to the patchwork landscape of my home.

This green and pleasant land announced its reminder of cooler temperatures, summer rain and a happy, family welcome for a few short weeks.

View of Somerset fields Spring 2014 (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

View of Somerset fields taken from Stoke-Sub-Hamdon
Spring 2014
(c) Sherri Matthews

The reunions were joyous, my mum always waiting to meet us at Heathrow.  Jet-lagged but excited, the prospect of spending time together stretched out before us like a picnic blanket loaded with delicious summer fare.

The two hour or so drive home to her house took us past Stonehenge which is clearly visible as it looms up from Salisbury Plain just off the A303, the main artery carrying summer traffic between London and the West Country.  The sight of this magnificent landmark meant we were more than halfway there.

Stonehenge - Courtesy English Heritage June 21st, Summer Solstice, brings the annual gathering of Druids

Stonehenge – Courtesy of English Heritage
June 21st, Summer Solstice, brings the annual gathering of Druids

I remember as a girl the very first time I visited Stonehenge.  In those days, we were allowed to walk right up to it.  The cold touch of the ancient stones cannot fail to stir up the imagination and ask questions of the secrets buried deep within this mystical settlement of  windswept Wiltshire.

Stonehenge is a place that we drive by often because of where we live, yet it never fails to fascinate and I am thrilled to have been able to share the experience of visiting it with my children over the years.

After one such summer visit to England, and safely returned to our life in California, my children started a new school year in the fall.  When my middle boy, Nicky, started 6th grade (he would have been eleven), the class was asked what they did that summer.  Everyone shared their stories of vacations and activities.

When it came to Nicky’s turn, he of course shared all about his time spent in England but it wasn’t until the teacher asked him about specific places he’d been to that he mentioned Stonehenge.

All the kids and the teacher were amazed, which he hadn’t expected.   Upon being asked by the teacher if he had travelled far to visit it, he told them, “Not really, it’s just down the road from my Granny’s house!”

The teacher ended up asking Nicky to talk about his experience and used it for one of his lessons, his philosophy being that learning is every bit as vital outside the classroom as it is inside.

We certainly had our fair share of troubles, as a lot families do, but I will always be thankful that I was able to give my children the opportunity to travel and experience life in both America and England.

It wasn’t what I had in mind when I started my family but then life is full of wonderful surprises.  Just like having a Granny who lives next door to Stonehenge!

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June in Somerset also means taking an afternoon walk through the gardens of Barrington Court.  Some of you may remember my post from early May.   Spring flowers have given way to summer’s glory.  I’ll show you the difference if you would like to take a short walk with me through the walled gardens:

Gone are the tulips.  Now the place is teeming with gloriously scented roses:

Barrington Court and Gardens, June 2014 (c) Copyright Sherri Matthews

Barrington Court and Gardens, June 2014
(c) Copyright Sherri Matthews

Although the sun wasn’t shining much this particular afternoon, it was warm and sultry.

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The catmint and lavender are blooming:

Barrington Court  (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Barrington Court
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Reminders once more of The Secret Garden but this time the door in the wall is open, inviting us to walk through and see what is on the other side.

The door is open at the end of the path, leading anywhere you wish.... (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

The door is open at the end of the path, leading anywhere you wish….
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

The  ponds are teeming with life and beautiful Lilly pads:

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Rambling roses scale the walls:

Gorgeous roses in ful bloom growing up the old stable (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Gorgeous roses in full bloom growing up the old stable
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Vines, lush and full, climb along the walls and creep up and around windows.

But what has really come on are the veggie and herb gardens.  They looked so sparse just a couple of months ago.

Is that Mr McGregor's garden fork ? (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Is that Mr McGregor’s garden fork ?
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

All that was missing was naughty Peter Rabbit.  I did look for a little brass button hidden among the lettuces and carrots and I’m sure I caught a glimpse of a little blue coat…

Kitchen Gardens, Barrington Court (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Kitchen Gardens, Barrington Court
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Wouldn’t it be great to have a kitchen garden like this?

 

A noise like a hidden brook.
In the leafy month of June,
That to the sleeping woods all night
Singeth a quiet tune.

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

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Jo takes us on wonderful walks every Monday.  I hope that she will enjoy this one through the gardens of Barrington Court. If you want to join in, do pay her visit, she will be delighted to take you along.  Until then, have a great weekend everyone and I’ll catch up with you over the next day or so 🙂

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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98 Responses to June in England: Glastonbury, Stonehenge And A Country Garden

  1. Denise says:

    Can’t believe how lush those gardens are. Having tried (unsuccessfully) to grow things, I know there must have been a lot of work gone into fertilising that lot.

    I love that Nicky’s teacher was able to bring out his experiences into something that he could share with the class and broaden everyone’s experiences – so that Nicky could see the normality of his culture and heritage turned around into something exotic in others’ eyes.

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    • Sherri says:

      The soil looks wonderfully rich and fed, I can definitely vouch for that!

      I remember Nicky telling me about the class reaction when he told them about Stonehenge as he didn’t think it was that big a deal! He understood the history of it of course, but hadn’t realised that to his classmates, it was a massive deal to have been able to visit one of the wonders of the world like Stonehenge. He was quite bowled over by it and was thrilled to have been asked to share his experience 🙂

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  2. Steven says:

    A late one tonight, Sherri P! You caught me at my kind of hour 😉

    Ha, I only heard mention of Glastonbury the other day, and thought, “Oh no, poor Sherri.”… then I thought, “hold on, she’s probably at the front rocking with the rest of them!” Ha, maybe not. I’m with you on the loo issue, and the other hazards that throws up; my sister and cousin went, a good few years ago now, and ended up having a bottle of urine thrown over them. Lovely.

    Stonehenge is yet another one of these places I’ve always wanted to visit and yet never have.

    I love all these photographs – there are too many to pick out, but the path toward the open door is magical!

    I want to live in Somerset. (huffs, folds arms)

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    • Ha, come join Sherri P and I in the land of Somerset 😉

      But I do miss Wiltshire… 😦 If Sherri lived “down the road” from Stonehenge, then I basically lived on top of it!

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes…very late for me, but I can call it ‘Friday’s’ post with a clear conscience (barely!) 😉

      You definitely have the gist of me JG – you bet I’d be there rocking my heart out! Although it’s probably best not to, with my son being there and from all accounts, getting into the spirit of things!

      That’s awful…if that happened to me I would be furious. Yuck. My son has told me some horror stories which do make me think twice about ever going. Although in an Airstream in the nice, posh area would be okay don’t you think? 😉

      Well, as Jenny Jen Jen says, you will always have a lovely welcome in Somerset 🙂 And yes, that path is wonderful isn’t it? I love old paths like that, all uneven and well-worn. Tells so many stories…and I’m glad you enjoyed the pics, thank you J G 😀

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      • Steven says:

        Hahaha! I can just imagine people at the front of crowd diving out of the way, for in comes Sherri P with her Airstream, blocking everyone’s view.

        I shall have to make a trip to Somerset one day. It can’t be any worse than Norfolk, as I’m sure you’ll agree 😉

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        • Sherri says:

          Well that would be me, haha 😉 I would be a right diva wouldn’t I? You’ll have a warm welcome in Somerset JG…me and Jenny Jen Jen will take you to Spoons and introduce you to the locals 😉

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          • Steven says:

            You are the ultimate diva, Sherri!

            You know, I have never been into a Wetherspoons, though according to Google Maps there is one just a few minutes from me. Hearing of Jennifer’s adventures, I have clearly been missing out on an awful lot, so this sounds too good to refuse 😉

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            • Sherri says:

              Haha!!! The ultimate diva…I love it 😉
              I didn’t know about Wetherspoons until we moved here. I won’t say anything. You can draw your own conclusions about it if you ever do go to one JG 😉

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              • Steven says:

                Fo’ sho’, Sherri 😉 I said that in front of my son the other day. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody ever look more embarrassed.

                Well, a night out is a night out! 😉 I can only dream of catching the eye of such catches as certain other people, though. I doubt I’d ever be lucky enough to be wooed by a man who thinks I look like a car park attendant.

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      • Sherri says:

        Haha! I can just picture your son’s face when you said that! I get the rolled eyes and the ‘no mum’ all the time…by my 21 year old daughter! So, you know what, I just say even more things to embarrass her. But them I am the ultimate diva, right JG? 😉
        Never mind car part attendant…what happened to your cowboy boots? After all, you will be leaving Norwich far behind for Somerset ‘Spoons…oh dear, I wish I hadn’t said that… *she says grinning very naughtily* 😉

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  3. What a great Stonehenge story! So many people would love to visit it, but your son can say he actually did!

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  4. Imelda says:

    I love love love the gardens, maybe more than the Stonehenge, though its place also looks magical. 🙂 But, it’s just me.
    Your children are lucky indeed to have experienced both their heritage.
    Yeah, I have always been fascinated by the English countryside. You described it well – patchwork, and it is beautiful.
    Thanks for the stories and the tour.

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    • Sherri says:

      I know how much you love your gardens Imelda and it makes me smile knowing how much you love to see photos of the English countryside. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to share like this through blogging? It means I also get so see photos of your beautiful garden 🙂 So glad to have you along, thank you so much 😀

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  5. Amy says:

    Such beautiful post for these beautiful gardens! Thank you for taking us to the English countryside 🙂

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  6. Sunni Morris says:

    Sherry,

    You live in such a beautiful place. It would be lovely to see those gardens, although I do realize they are seasonal. And I can’t imagine seeing the actual stonehenge – something I hope I can do in my lifetime.

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Sunni! Thank you so much, it’s wonderful to be able to share these places with one another isn’t it? The world of blogging is a marvellous one indeed. The change in these gardens in just a couple of months is astounding but I think that June is the best time for gardens over here. Everything is so lush, full and exquisitely beautiful just now, so we make the most of it!
      I certainly do hope that you get to visit Stonehenge one of these days. My list of ‘must-sees’ is growing longer by the day… 😀

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  7. Oh, Sherry, these pictures are incredibly beautiful. I love them all, but the pictures of the door at the end of the walkway–leading to anywhere wonderful I can imagine–kept drawing me back again and again for more looks. You are quite a photographer!

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m so glad you have enjoyed the photos Marylin, thank you so much! I had a feeling that you would like the open doors in the walls the best! It’s that ‘Secret Garden’ thing again isn’t it? I actually wanted to take more photos but my battery died, so I was a bit disappointed but maybe I’ll go back again before summer is out and get some different shots 🙂

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  8. Lovely place to live Sherri. It brought back memories of my time in England also at Stonehenge, Glastonbury and is Barrington House the same as Barrington Court? It was a lovely wander you’ve taken us on and your pictures are delightful. Yes I would like to have a vegie garden like that but I know if it was mine there’d be a lot more weeds in it.
    Have a great weekend Sherri. Relax and put your feet up and get ready for a busy writing week.

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh yes, a lot of memories for you my friend! Barrington Court is the same yes. Have you been there? It isn’t far from where we live and so nice to be able to walk around and for free (you only pay if you want to visit the house, which I’ve yet to do). I’m so glad to have you along for this walk, although the sun didn’t shine much but at least it was nice and warm. The veggie garden – oh what a delight but yes, a lot of work!
      Thank you Irene, and you have a lovely weekend too. Definitely time to take a break and then ready to take next week on with writing zest 😀 ❤

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  9. Rachel M says:

    Those gardens are amazing! As someone who reads Peter Rabbit on a weekly basis, I can almost see him hiding in that garden.

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  10. restlessjo says:

    Do you know, I’ve never even seen Stonehenge, Sherri? Should be ashamed to call myself English! (well, half-English, anyway 🙂 ) Or Barrington Court, come to that, but it looks lovely. I’m a sucker for water lilies. They always fascinate. What a lovely old property. Thanks so much for the share, Hon. You have officially earned your weekend off. Go to it! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Well Jo, I scraped in there so that I could call it my ‘Friday’ post 🙂 So many distractions but that is the joy of blogging… 😉
      Don’t feel bad, there are plenty of places in the UK I’ve never been to either and although we’ve lived in Somerset for 6 years, Barrington Court is a recent discovery! It is often the case isn’t it, when you live near a place you tend not to explore it so much.
      You will have to visit Stonehenge one of these days and when you do, you know where you can come for a nice cuppa afterwards 😉
      Thank YOU Jo and I will definitely enjoy the weekend break now. You have a lovely one too and look forward to seeing you on Monday 🙂

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  12. suej says:

    Loved the reminders in this post…I was lucky enough to walk amid the stones at Stonehenge when I was a little girl…you could touch the stones then! You’ve caught it in great light, wonderful backdrop of dark clouds. And it’s some years since I’ve been to Barrington Court – must go again 🙂

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  13. Catherine Johnson says:

    Beautiful gardens! Granny lives next to Stone Hinge, how cool to be able to say that in class in America.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you Catherine! Haha, yes, I thought that was so cute when my son told me that. In his mind, that was just what it was like, just a normal, every day thing to talk about 😀

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  14. simplyilka says:

    Oh Sherri I wish I could visit all this fantastic places 🙂 It would definitely be the kind of peace I need right now. End of school, lots of dead-lines and preparing for travels are always such a busy times.

    I love your son saying; “Not really, it’s just down the road from my Granny’s house!” So precious!!! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…yes, I do remember those times Ilka. I do hope that you get a break away from everything soon and can properly relax and enjoy your summer… 😎
      Haha! Yes, I’ve never forgotten my son saying that 😀

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  15. Oh Sherriiiiiii, don’t talk of Wiltshire 😦

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  16. Wow, Sherri! These pictures are magnificent! I love, love, love the Secret Garden photos…so beautiful!
    That Nicky, he always steals the show! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      So glad you enjoyed them Jill, thank you so much! I was actually a bit disappointed as they are from my phone (didn’t bring my camera again…!) and my battery died so I couldn’t get some other shots I really wanted to do. Oh well, maybe I’ll have to go back again…any excuse, right? But I knew you would like the ‘Secret Garden’ ones!
      Haha! I do seem to have a lot of Nicky stories don’t I? There are many more where they came from… 😉
      Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend, you and DFD 😎 xoxo

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  17. Travel is absolutely the best education and especially for kids old enough to appreciate it. Awesome he blew his classmates away with his experience.
    The gardens are stunning. Your pictures are excellent. Almost like being there. 🙂

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  18. mumblypeg says:

    Brilliant, as ever Sherri. Lovely photos of the lush fullness of June in England. All that rain in the winter really paid off this year. We are indeed to live in this green and pleasant land. The door inspires the imagination in a special way. You tell the stories so very well. love m xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      What a lovely day wasn’t it? I wish I could have taken more though, if my battery hadn’t died! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about it though, thank you MP 😎 😀 Much love… xxxxxx ❤

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  19. Luanne says:

    Sherri, I almost started crying looking at these photos. Oh my goodness, I think I am so jealous! What beauty! So soothing to the nerves! It was 109 yesterday here in Arizona. I hide in the house!

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahhh….oh Luanne, I do remember those blisteringly hot days in California when we had to stay indoors in darkened houses with the AC blasting away. I tell people here all the time not to take our cooler weather and rain for granted, although I have to say, it’s been extremely warm and very humid lately and believe it or not, we need some rain and some soon, which is crazy after the horrendous storms we had all winter long….!!

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  20. mumblypeg says:

    I missed out the word “blessed” to live in etc…. Sorry
    love xxx

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  21. Heyjude says:

    Stonehenge always seems much smaller than it does in photos when I see it. But I’m also one of the older folk on here who had the privilege of walking amongst those stones many years ago. I see that it was closed today so they could clear up after the solstice! Clear up? What does THAT mean? Surely people allowed in for the dawn wouldn’t make a mess? Oh. well, good job I didn’t plan on going today 😉

    Oh, and BC looks lovely – very soft focus photos there Sherri. Bet those roses smelled lovely.

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    • Sherri says:

      That’s so true Jude, I always think that about Stonehenge too! Was it closed? Hmmm….yes, what kind of mess would that be then? Like you, I wouldn’t go near the place at this time of year, and with the crowds heading along the A303 for Glastonbury, it will be mayhem around those parts for the rest of the week and into early next week, so steer clear!
      Glad you enjoyed the BC pics. thank you!!. I’m going to confess…took them with my Samsung phone 😉 I actually am really annoyed because my battery died and I missed some other shots. Oh well, another excuse to go back later in the summer….and yes, the roses smelled divine 🙂

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  22. Tom Merriman says:

    Great photos, Sherri. I think it’s great you live so close to Stonehenge… all that history! I drove passed it on the way home from Plymouth or Portsmouth or somewhere once, and couldn’t resist the chance to stop at the side of the road and look at the stones in the distance… that’s as close as I’ve been to it. One day I’ll get there.
    And those festival loos… you’ve heard correctly.
    Happy Summer!

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Tom, and thank you very much, I’m really glad you enjoyed them! I hope you get to visit Stonehenge one of these days, although they have fenced off the perimeter now so you can’t go right up to the stones but it’s still amazing to see up close.
      Thanks for the heads-up about the loos…I’m so glad I won’t have to be experiencing them! (And I hope this means that you won’t be… 😉 )
      A Happy Summer to you too Tom 😎 😀

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  23. Kev says:

    Pics are well-captured…beautiful colours. I especially like the StoneHenge one.

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  24. There’s only one word for this post Sherri and that’s ‘abundant’ – from the memories you’ve shared, to the richness of your experience, to those wonderful photos which really capture the way I feel about the blooming beginning of summer this year. A feast for the eyes and the brain!

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    • Sherri says:

      Well thank you very much Andrea, I’m so happy to know this and what a lovely word ‘abundant’ is ! June is a beautiful time of the year here isn’t it? There is so much for us to feast our eyes on wherever we go it seems 😀

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  25. Absolutely breathtaking, Sherri! WOW! That was such a lovely tour, I enjoyed it from the comfort of my porch chair with a Sangria in hand. Your photographs really are so clear and beautiful. The roses so vibrant! Gracias, amiga! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour Maria, thank you so much! But I have to say, the thought of you sitting on your porch chair (I LOVE porches, and miss them) with a Sangria makes me want to trade places, haha 😀

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  26. Beautiful Sherri, as always. I was watching our national news today and it showed the throngs of people at Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Thanks for taking me a wee bit closer. I hope to see it one day… 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Ah yes, the annual pilgrimage to Stonehenge. Best you watched it from afar Lilka, the traffic gets crazy around there at this time of year, but so glad you enjoyed your cyber visit, thank you 😀

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  27. jennypellett says:

    Ah the sight of Stonehenge on the 303 as we head towards the west country never fails to instil excitement – a sign we are on our way. Like you, as a child we walked right up to the stones. I think we’ve even had a breakfast picnic there on the way to Cornwall – in the days when that journey took 8 hours, before there was a motorway around the bottleneck that was once Exeter. Ah, happy days!

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes, I thought of you Jenny as I know you travelled the A303 on your hols to Cornwall. How amazing to have had a breakfast picnic at Stonehenge! This reminds me of the mammoth journeys we used to take from Surrey to the Norfolk Broads in the 60s and Mum always used to pack a picnic but of course we were going the other way so I’m not sure where we stopped!! I don’t think motorway services existed then did they? But happy days indeed 😀

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  28. Ste J says:

    Literary gardens! What could be better?

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  29. Lovely post, Sherri. I also remember going there and playing amongst those colossal stones as a child. I was only thinking today how wonderful it would be there for the Summer Solstice.
    Those gardens are so amazing, especially the herb and veggie gardens. 🙂 Hugs to you.

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thank you Sylvia! We were privileged to be able to play amongst them weren’t we? I was disappointed when I took my kids and we couldn’t go right up to the stones but it was still awesome to be there. And I’m glad you enjoyed the veggie and herb gardens, I couldn’t take my eyes off them! Hugs to you too Sylvia and hope you are having a lovely day 😀 xx

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  30. Pat says:

    Oh, I love this, Sherri. The photos are so lush and green. It’s so beautiful where you live and I’ve always imagined visiting Stonehenge. From what I’ve read, the place exudes a certain energy. England and Ireland have always intrigued me with stories of faeries and folklore. Thank you for sharing. I loved taking the tour with you.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Pat, I’m really glad you enjoyed this little tour and very happy to have you along! Stonehenge is an incredible place to visit and yes, it sits on something called ley-lines which are all tied up with energy. I found a link for you if you’d like to take a look. These ley-lines are very prominent in Wiltshire, the county that is home to Stonehenge. http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/leylines.htm All very mystical, you would love it! 😀

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      • Pat says:

        I’m sure, Sherri. It must be incredible to drive by and see that on a regular basis. These things are fascinating to me and I’d love to see it — more feel the energy of it. I’ve always thought I’d love to visit Findhorn in Scotland, too.

        I didn’t know about ley-lines. It’s interesting how they coined that term so long ago. Thank you for the link. I just quickly glanced at it and need to go back and read it more in depth. There’s a lot of take in.

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      • Sherri says:

        You are welcome Pat. Just something I found for you to browse as and when if you want to know more about them 🙂

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  32. Now that is my idea of a garden. Don’t like tulips personally, but as it is now it is absolutely gorgeous!

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    • Sherri says:

      Tulips aren’t my favourite either Jane, but at Barrington Court as they looked in their huge groups they did look stunning. Still, I’m with you, I adore roses and the real English country garden look. Not to mention the wonderful herb and veggie garden! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have one like it (complete with resident gardener of course!!) 🙂

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  33. Colline says:

    I love your story about Stonehenge and the suggestion that what may be mundane to some, fascinate others.

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  34. Ah, the luxuries of having a granny who lives next to Stonehenge! It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? 🙂

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  35. Stonehenge looks like a marvelous place right off the page of a storybook. Can you believe that reading your blog is the first time I have heard of it?! The garden looks absolutely magnificent! I’m dreaming up ideas of all the pies I could make will that rhubarb 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Wow! Well, I’m glad that if you were going to find out about Stonehenge that you read about it here Heather!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the ‘tour’.
      Haha…yes, of course, I can just imagine you would love to get your hands on all those rhubarbs! There is a berry garden too, all under netting to keep the birds away 🙂

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  36. shirleyhs says:

    Sherri, what an amazing blog! I love England and was last there in 2012. I wrote about my Pilgrim’s Way adventure in a three-part series beginning with this post: http://www.shirleyshowalter.com/2012/09/17/how-writing-a-memoir-is-like-a-pilgrimage-part-i-overview/

    I am so grateful that Tracy Lee Karner’s post today introduced me to you. I will be back — often! I just love your story.

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    • Sherri says:

      Dear Shirley, I just read your post, thank you so much for visiting and also for the link and I’ve signed up to your newsletter. I am writing the first draft of my memoir and so I love finding blogs like yours, or should I say being introduced as in this case by lovely Tracy! I really look forward to your visits and reading more of your fascinating journey 🙂

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  37. Charli Mills says:

    What a wonderful walk with you. Love your descriptions of England, and I could just smell the roses in your photos! what a profusion of roses. Here mine are budding in northern Idaho and I’m happy with 5 blooms!

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    • Sherri says:

      We had very bad storms here all last winter but it seems that all the rainfall, much more than usual, and the mild weather (no ice, snow or even frost to speak of which is so unusual for the UK) seems to have been good for our gardens this spring/summer. I’m glad that you have some blooms to enjoy, I expect it’s very hot in Idaho about now but I know roses do like the sun too! Great to have you along for this walk, thanks so much for coming along Charli 😀

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  38. Just so beautiful! Your photos are always great but this post offers a great combo of different venues. Really nice for us to read and enjoy. Thank you.

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  39. thirdhandart says:

    Wow, didn’t spy one weed in the veggie and herb gardens of Barrington Court. And, the flowers are beautiful! A wonderful, inspiring post Sherri.

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    • Sherri says:

      No weeds there Theresa, these gardens are immaculate! Thank you very much, you would love it here, as I’ve said before, just imagine all the beautiful photos you would take! And don’t forget, afterwards, we would go for tea and cake… 😀

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  40. What wonderful photos and story to match! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it grabbed my imagination-how I would love to see it all! xxx and oh yes Ishould be cleaning my house!! 😉

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh dearest Diane, you would love it all and I fully intend to show you everything WHEN you come over to visit 😉 Sorry to keep distracting you from your house work… 😉 xoxo

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